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Windstorm on the people of ‘Aad

The people  of  ‘Aad
 
lived
 
at a place  called
 Ahqaaf,
which  is a
vast    desert    situated    between    Oman    and    Hadramites (Hidarmaut).
 
Their
 
tribe
 
is
 known  
from  the  name  of  their



ancestor whose name was
‘Aad Bin
Aws Bin Arum
Bin Saam
Bin Nuh.
The
people  started
 
calling  this  tribe
 
by  the  name  of  their  ancestor
 
Aa d. These people  were  idol
worshippers  and
 were  
very  vicious and  sinful.
 
Allah   sent His Nabi
Sayyiduna Hood to guide these people but
they refuted him  due  to
 
their
 arrogance  and
 viciousness  and  
remained  stuck with  their unbelief.
 Sayyiduna 
 
Hood    repeatedly   admonished   these  deviant people of  the Divine
 torment but  the
cruel people said
 to their  Nabi  
 very disrespectfully and fearlessly that:
اَجِئْتَنَا لِنَعْبُدَ اللہَ وَحْدَہٗ وَنَذَرَ مَاکَانَ یَعْبُدُ اٰبَآؤُنَا ۚ فَاۡتِنَا بِمَا تَعِدُنَاۤ اِنۡ کُنۡتَ مِنَ الصّٰدِقِیۡنَ ﴿70﴾

 Have you come to us in order that we worship only one Allah, and abandon those whom our ancestors worshipped? So bring upon us what you promise us (i.e. the punishment), if (you) are truthful. 
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 8, Surah Al-A’raf, Ayah 70) 
Finally, the signs of the Divine torment became apparent. There was no rain for three years. Famine prevailed everywhere. The conditions became so worse that the people were dying for a single grain. It was a common tradition in those days that, in case of sufferings, they would supplicate near the sacred Ka’bah in holy Makkah and thus they would be blessed with relief. Therefore, a group of people went to Makkah. Within this delegation, there was a person called Marsad Bin Sa’d who was a believer. But he would keep his faith secret from the people. When these people started supplicating in Ka’bah, the faith and spiritual enthusiasm 
of Marsad Bin Sa’ d bubbled over. He said  in an emotional outburst to people, ‘O my people! No matter you make millions of supplications, I swear by the name of Allah   that the rain will not shower until you do not embrace faith in your Nabi Hood  .’ 
When Sayyiduna Marsad Bin Sa’ d revealed his faith, the mischievous people of ‘Aad beat him, separated him and resumed praying. At that time, Allah   sent three clouds, one was white, one was red and one was black. A voice was heard from the skies: ‘O people of ‘Aad! You may choose one cloud among  these three clouds for you.’ They opted for 
the black cloud assuming that the black cloud 
will bring about a lot of rain. Therefore, the black cloud started moving towards the village of the people of ‘Aad. The people of ‘Aad became very happy to see the black cloud. Sayyiduna Hood  said: ‘O my people! Witness that the torment from Allah  is approaching you in the form of a cloud. But these transgressors refuted their Nabi  and said, ‘What type  of torment and where from?’ They added,  i.e. it is a cloud  which is coming to provide us rain. (Ruh-ul-Bayan, vol. 3, pp. 187-189; part 8, Surah Al-A’raf, Ayah 70) 
The cloud was approaching continuously towards the village from the west and all of a sudden, a storm blew up from that cloud. This windstorm was so violent that it would throw away camels along with their riders from one place to another. It became more violent soon and it uprooted the trees. Upon seeing this, the people of ‘Aad confined them in their stone-carved palaces and made the doors shut. However, the storm was so furious that it did not only uproot the doors but also caused wreckage of the palaces. 
This windstorm sustained for seven nights and eight days and killed each and every individual of the people of’ Aad. Not even a single child of these people could survive. When the storm ended, the corpses of the people of ‘Aad were lying all over the ground like the date-palm trees fell uprooted. Therefore, Allah  has said: 
وَ اَمَّا عَادٌ فَاُہۡلِکُوۡا بِرِیۡحٍ صَرْصَرٍ عَاتِیَۃٍ ۙ﴿6﴾سَخَّرَہَا عَلَیۡہِمْ سَبْعَ لَیَالٍ وَّ ثَمٰنِیَۃَ اَیَّامٍ ۙ حُسُوۡمًا ۙ فَتَرَی الْقَوْمَ فِیۡہَا صَرْعٰی ۙ کَاَنَّہُمْ اَعْجَازُ نَخْلٍ خَاوِیَۃٍ ۚ﴿7﴾فَہَلْ تَرٰی لَہُمۡ مِّنۡۢ بَاقِیَۃٍ ﴿8﴾

And as for (the tribe of) ‘Aad, they were destroyed by a severe thundering windstorm. He {Allah) forced it upon them with strength, consecutively for seven nights and eight days, so (0 listener! If you were there) you would have seen those people scattered about, like hollow trunks of fallen date trees. So do you see any survivor amongst them? [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 29, Surah Al-Haqqah, Ayah 6-8) 
Then with the grace of Allah , a flock of black birds appeared. They picked the dead bodies up and threw them into the sea. Sayyiduna Hood then left that area and went to Makka-tul-Mukarramah with few believers who had embraced the faith. They remained in the home of Allah  (i.e. Makkah) worshipping until the last moments of their life. 
(Tafseer As-Saawi, vol. 2, pp. 686; part 8, Surah Al-A’raf, Ayah 70) 
Moral: Let’s see the moral lesson that we get from this heart-trembling event of the Holy Quran. The people of ‘Aad were very powerful and tall. They were also economically well-established because they had cropped fields and lush gardens. These people had made separate palaces for their summer and winter’s living by engraving the mountains. These people, who relied a lot on their enormous number and power, were very proud of their estates and their living in the lap of luxury. 
But their unbelief, transgression and misdeeds brought Divine torment such that it was totally impossible for them to bear the brunt of storm which shook the whole village upside down and destroyed it. Their existence from the face of the earth was wiped out in such a way that no signs of even their graves exist anywhere, so how can we the weak people, face the blows of the severe Divine torment! Therefore, all those who are serious for their well­being and survival must always refrain from the sins and disobedience of Allah  and His Beloved Rasool . They should do their utmost to perform virtuous deeds. Otherwise, the Ayahs of the Holy Quran are teaching us openly that the outcome of virtuous deeds is reward bearing and that of evil deeds is destructive. 
One may recite in the Holy Quran that meaning, ‘Many
cities were destroyed, because of (people’s) committing sins’ and also recite the following Ayah:  

وَلَوْ اَنَّ اَہۡلَ الْقُرٰۤی اٰمَنُوۡا وَاتَّقَوۡا لَفَتَحْنَا عَلَیۡہِمۡ بَرَکٰتٍ مِّنَ السَّمَآءِ وَالۡارْضِ وَلٰکِنۡ کَذَّبُوۡا فَاَخَذْنٰہُمۡ بِمَا کَانُوۡا یَکْسِبُوۡنَ ﴿96﴾
And had the people of the towns believed and feared (Allah), so We would have surely opened for them, the blessings from the sky and from the earth. But they belied; and We therefore seized them on account of their actions. 
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 9, Surah AI-A’raf, Ayah 96) 
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